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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Feb 13, 2012 11:07am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Well, here I am playing “Big Boss Man” on my Strat. Critiques are welcome!

Unclejohn's “Under the Covers” thread finally motivated me enough to attempt a quick recording last night. I only did one take and I need to work on the sound recording issues before I post anything else, but I just wanted to share a little snippet of my playing.

Like I stated previously, the sound quality is awful and sounds like it was filmed underwater or something. I'm playing along with the Big Boss Man from 1971-04-13. The guitar in the intro is Jerry. Then I turned down the high-end a bit and my guitar comes in around 19 seconds. I'm not too happy with a lot of the parts I played, but this is basically what I sound like on guitar after picking it up again for the last 4 months or so. I really need to play more often to improve, but I think I'll continue to progress.

Anyway, I uploaded it to YouTube and here it is:

http://youtu.be/PCPkc6a_t84

This post was modified by rdenirojb87 on 2012-02-13 19:07:16

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Feb 13, 2012 1:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Well, here I am playing “Big Boss Man” on my Strat. Critiques are welcome!

Thanks for putting yourself out there - takes some courage. As you say, not a great recording but your voice comes thru. I play acoustic, so I'm not attempting anything like what you're doing, more like basic versions of FOTD, Miss. Half Step, BEW, Candyman, Tenn. Jed, UJB, Ramble On Rose, although I get little licks in here and there. Some tunes I'll fingerpick, like Louis Collins, Althea or Peggy-O. Keep playin and have fun!

BTW - do you have any better source for tabs other than rukind and jdarks' site? Sometimes the stuff that's out there doesn't sound right.... of course your own ear is better than anyone else's. !!

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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Feb 13, 2012 5:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Well, here I am playing “Big Boss Man” on my Strat. Critiques are welcome!

FOTD is definitely lots of fun to play. I haven't played it in awhile though, as recently I've been more into just straight jamming, and there's not a lot of new twists I can put on that song, unless I play it like the drawn out slower versions with the long instrumental breaks.

As with the Big Boss Man I posted, I don't even look at tabs. I like to put my own spin on the music, while still making it fit the mood of that particular song. That's an easy one since you can just stay in the key of E for the whole song, but the way I approach the guitar is just different since I picked it up again recently. In the past I would always look up tabs and just re-hash the songs note for note basically. I find it much more rewarding doing what I have been lately.

No pressure of course, but it would be nice to hear one of those acoustic numbers :-) I wish I had an acoustic guitar too. Since I don't look at tabs much anymore, I'm not sure which sites are the best. What I have always done though is just google “Big Boss Man Grateful Dead tabs” or whatever song you want, and then I check out the tabs on the first few sites and compare them. If I can't tell which one looks most accurate, I'll try playing each one and go with whichever one sounds the best or is easiest.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Feb 13, 2012 11:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Well, here I am playing “Big Boss Man” on my Strat. Critiques are welcome!

I must really like you J. to listen to all 5:16. Kidding.
It had an oddly psychedelic feel all combined together. Anything live?

E- I even liked it on youtube. It's like a first kiss.

This post was modified by micah6vs8 on 2012-02-13 19:14:55

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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Feb 13, 2012 5:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Well, here I am playing “Big Boss Man” on my Strat. Critiques are welcome!

Psychedelic is a nice way to put it! That's a bit generous I think, but I'll take it.

>Anything live?
Not sure I understand your question.

Oh boy, I got a YouTube like! Looks like somebody hit the “dislike” button too lol. I wish whoever it was would share their criticisms with me! Maybe some random person saw a new upload titled “Big Boss Man” and thought it would be a sweet new version they never heard. I would dislike that shit too.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Feb 13, 2012 7:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Well, here I am playing “Big Boss Man” on my Strat. Critiques are welcome!

Either that, or it confirmed to them that the Dead is just NOT all that those darned flaky hippies have made of them ... :-)

Thanks for posting that. You're so lucky to be able to play so well; it must increase your understanding/appreciation a lot. As well as being fun to "play with the band." Next time put it up with a video of you playing!

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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Feb 13, 2012 7:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Well, here I am playing “Big Boss Man” on my Strat. Critiques are welcome!

Hah, thanks for the kind words. Yes, playing any instrument really helps develop one's ear for music, and just increases the overall enjoyment factor of hearing the instrument you play. It certainly has given me a greater appreciation for Jerry too.

If I put up a video, I'd have to figure out an alternative recording method. It was recorded through the little built-in video/audio recorder in my laptop and to make it sound anything close to decent, I have to face the laptop directly at my speakers and amp. If I play in front of the laptop to be in view of the camera, I will be blocking the sound coming from the the speakers and amp and it sound much worse.

I just thought of something though. The recorder on my phone is probably of higher quality and I will try that next time.


By the way, in that thread with the Golden Road vid, as LIA noted, is the single version from their self-titled debut album in 1967.

This post was modified by rdenirojb87 on 2012-02-14 03:37:43

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Feb 13, 2012 9:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Well, here I am playing “Big Boss Man” on my Strat. Critiques are welcome!

On the Golden Road video: Yeah, the music is from the LP, but I wondered what performance the video shows, and if so, what the real soundtrack would be. (If it exists.)

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Feb 13, 2012 9:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Well, here I am playing “Big Boss Man” on my Strat. Critiques are welcome!

Nice effort. Seemed to get a little better toward the end. I'm not trying to be mean, but here's my honest critique:

- Learn and practice basic blues arpeggios -- that is, focus more on learning how to play the bass line. Once you've mastered that, guitar soloing gets a lot easier.
- Yes, you can technically just solo in E pentatonic scales, but it sure sounds a lot nicer if you modulate during the chord changes to emphasize the A (IV) and B (V) chords during those parts of the song.
- Play fewer notes until you get to the point where you can anticipate what the next note will sound like before you play it. Jerry said something to the effect of "there's no such thing as improvisation, only composition."
- Turn down the reverb and distortion so that you can hear the tones more clearly.
- Better yet, trade in the Strat for a nice acoustic guitar and learn to play on that. Learning on an acoustic rather than an electric will do wonders for your technique.

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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Feb 14, 2012 6:06am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Well, here I am playing “Big Boss Man” on my Strat. Critiques are welcome!

This is exactly the type of reply I was hoping for. Thanks a bunch man, I really appreciate the feedback.

I'm gonna try recording something with a clean tone and see how that sounds.

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Feb 14, 2012 7:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Well, here I am playing “Big Boss Man” on my Strat. Critiques are welcome!

Nice! Let us know how it turns out. And take what I say with a grain of salt: I'm not a guitar teacher. I just play a lot, and a lot Grateful Dead songs in particular. So I know a thing or two about blues and jazz, but I'm certainly no expert.

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